Brandon M Gray

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Rhodococcus equi, a facultative intracellular bacterium, is a common cause of pulmonary infection in farm animals, especially foals. Pulmonary and disseminated infection caused by this organism is occasionally seen in humans, especially in patients whose cell-mediated immunity has been altered by glucocorticoids or cytotoxic chemotherapy. Not surprisingly,(More)
A method is described which permits the adaption of ELISA techniques for measurement of antibody against bacterial polysaccharides. First, the polysaccharides antigen is covalently bound to poly-L-lysine, using cyanuric chloride as the coupling agent. The poly-L-lysine then adsorbs to the walls of plastic tubes, thus immobilizing the polysaccharide coupled(More)
This report reviews three categories of precursor cells present within adults. The first category of precursor cell, the epiblast-like stem cell, has the potential of forming cells from all three embryonic germ layer lineages, e.g., ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm. The second category of precursor cell, the germ layer lineage stem cell, consists of three(More)
Streptococcus pneumoniae was isolated from specific-pathogen-free rodents in two rooms at a commercial breeding facility during vendor surveillance testing. In a survey of 274 animals from the two rooms over a period of 7 months, capsular serotype 35 S. pneumoniae was isolated from the upper respiratory tracts of 11% (9 of 82) of C57BL/6 mice in room A and(More)
Group B streptococci (GBS) type III organisms readily induced platelet aggregation and serotonin release in human platelet-rich plasma (PRP). In a system using a GBS/platelet ratio of 1.5, aggregation occurred after 2 to 9 minutes (maximum aggregation, 73% +/- 11%). Serotonin release began within the first minute, reaching 40% before aggregation was(More)
Shape change and motility of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs) are essential for host defense and require dynamic reorganizations of microfilamentous cytoskeleton by reversible polymerization of G-actin into filaments (F-actin). Although clinical disorders of actin polymerization are rare, recently described simple methodologies for assaying actin(More)
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